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Gorillaz play in Syria but boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has told of his delight at performing in Syria just weeks after the band boycotted an Israel concert.

The singer said it had been “a wonderful experience” for Gorillaz to be the first high profile British band to play in Damascus.

Mr Albarn, who shot to fame in the 1990s with indie band Blur, told the BBC that he was “surprised” no other big Western band had performed in the Arab capital before.

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Mark Zuckerberg to star in Simpsons

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

The creator of Facebook is to be immortalised as a cartoon character.

Mark Zuckerberg, who developed the social networking site as a teenager in his Harvard dorm room, is to be a guest star on The Simpsons.

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Oliver Stone: Jews dominate the media

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

The Holocaust continues to be focused on because of “the Jewish domination of the media”, according to filmmaker Oliver Stone.

The director of Platoon, Nixon and Wall Street told an interviewer of his views on America’s “major” Jewish lobby, Hitler’s record and Iran.

He said: “They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.

“Israel has f----- up United States foreign policy for years"

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Brittany & husband: same cause of death

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2010

Jewish screenwriter Simon Monjack reportedly died of the same conditions that caused the death of his wife, Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy.

The results of an autopsy have revealed that Mr Monjack, found dead in his California home in May, died from acute pneumonia and severe anemia.

A Los Angeles coroner said his death was “just like Brittany” and ruled out a rumoured drug overdose.

Born in North London, Mr Monjack was best known for writing the screenplay for the 2006 Andy Warhol biopic Factory Girl, which starred Sienna Miller.

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Natalie Portman film to open Venice festival

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2010

A film starring Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman as a top ballerina has been selected to open this year's Venice Film Festival in September.

Ms Portman plays the lead in “Black Swan”, a psychological thriller directed by Jewish filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

It will be the third consecutive film by Mr Aronofsky premiering at the Venice event, following The Fountain and The Wrestler, which won the festival's Golden Lion prize in 2008.

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Finkelstein: no 'war of words' with Berkoff

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2010

A dispute involving two high-profile Jewish writers has been cleared up by The Times writer Daniel Finkelstein, who has offered his surrender.

Actor Steven Berkoff had criticised The Times executive editor for comments he complained would make sense only to someone who “came from another planet.”

Mr Finkelstein said he was sorry his column, in which he described many Jewish laws as “inconvenient and hard to explain to outsiders”, had caused upset.

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Berkoff v Finkelstein: row over Jewish law

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2010

Two high profile Jewish writers are engaged in a public dispute over the purpose of religious law.

Actor Steven Berkoff has accused Daniel Finkelstein of making “a sad reduction” of Jewish ritual and suggested his comments would make sense only to someone who “came from another planet.”

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Hall of Infamy: David Cronin

July 21, 2010


"How can Lydon so callously disregard the suffering of a people under colonial occupation? The answer is easy. [His band] will be performing in Tel Aviv as headliners at a festival sponsored by Heineken.


"Along with giving him all the free beer he can swallow, Lydon can be sure the brewers will help to swell his bank account. Finally, he has found a corporation that gets 'the opportunity of me'.”









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Aaron Sorkin to film presidential scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of White House television series the West Wing, is planning to bring another political story to the big screen.

Mr Sorkin is set to film the story of the rise and fall of John Edwards, the Democrat presidential contender brought down when a gossip magazine revealed his extramarital affair with an aide.

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Missy Elliot ignores Israel boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2010

Rap star Missy Elliot has defied pro-Palestinian protesters and landed in Israel ready for a much-anticipated performance.

Activists had launched a campaign to dissuade her from going and join musicians including Elvis Costello and the Pixies in boycotting shows there.

But the American singer has ignored this and is set to perform in Tel Aviv on Thursday, her first ever concert in Israel.

She is also said to be planning to visit the Western Wall and Dead Sea while in the country, before heading to Morocco for the next date of her European tour.

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